March 22, 2020

Hello world. Today is Day 9 of my practice in “social distancing” due to the infamous Coronavirus. Sending out all my love to those suffering from the virus and those with loved ones who have fallen ill or perished.

I have been lucky and have stayed healthy, so far, and I would love to share some thoughts. The past week has been a kick in the gut. Daily schedules have been disrupted, hobbies have been put on hold, and the inside of my cozy apartment is starting to resemble my own minds complacency. I am here to present you with tips to occupy your mind and help promote creativity during these precarious times.

  1. Do your chores. I know that it sounds simple, but this is your chance to catch up on cleaning out the back cabinet that is still overcrowded from the holidays.
  2. Write in a journal. My colleagues and I are having students practice daily journaling by documenting their own “Corona Chronicles” updating how the virus has effected their daily lives, family and emotional health.
  3. Dive into research. Find a topic that you may not know much about and gain knowledge. Often times I find the moments we are idol are the moments we need to take the opportunity to learn! What is a concept or topic you have been dying to know more about, but just can’t find the time? Well……. now is your time!
  4. Practice meditation. Focusing on your breathing is essential during times of crisis. It helps us all stay afloat. If you are a skeptic to the benefits of meditation, there are plenty of scripts online to give you a kick start.

I hope these small tips are proven to be beneficial and help you fill your days no matter the city, state or country. Above anything else, do not let the thought of “what if…” pollute your mind. Stay safe and healthy.

XoXo,

Angela

Published by Angela Prendergast

Angela Prendergast is a 24-year-old sister, daughter, friend, lover of writing and recent college graduate. She studied English Education at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her four years of college, she fell in love with the art of writing and the power of words. As a way to express her powerful emotions, she began privately writing prose poems in her writer's notebook. After gaining confidence and realizing that her thoughts could help others, she decided to publish her poems in a collection. In her completed book, her poems provide young adults with relatable themes in a world, categorized by highs and lows, that is constantly changing.

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